20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

20 days in Albania & Serbia Itinerary

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Tirana, Albania
— 3 nights
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Berat, Albania
— 1 night
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Gjirokaster, Albania
— 1 night
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Shkoder, Albania
— 2 nights
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Zlatibor, Serbia
— 1 night
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Nis, Serbia
— 1 night
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Novi Sad, Serbia
— 4 nights
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Belgrade, Serbia
— 6 nights
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Tirana, Albania

— 3 nights
Tirana, the largest city in Albania, represents one a lively and fast-paced metropolis.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like BunkArt 2 and Kruja Castle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ethnographic Museum of Kruja and House of Leaves. Spend the 25th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Et`hem Bey Mosque, take an in-depth tour of Muzeu Historik Kombetar, don't miss a visit to Skanderbeg Square, and learn about all things military at Bunk'Art 1.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tirana sightseeing planner.

Washington DC, USA to Tirana is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In October, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Berat.

Things to do in Tirana

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 25:

Berat, Albania

— 1 night

Town of a Thousand Windows

A rare example of well-preserved Ottoman style, Berat is a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Quarter Of Gorica, examine the collection at National Ethnographic Museum Berat, then get engrossed in the history at National Iconographic Museum Onufri, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Berat Castle.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Berat travel route builder site.

Drive from Tirana to Berat in 2 hours. In October, daytime highs in Berat are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Gjirokaster.

Things to do in Berat

Museums
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:

Gjirokaster, Albania

— 1 night

City of Stone

Along with the central Albanian town of Berat, Gjirokastra serves as a striking World Heritage Site known for its Ottoman architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): brush up on your military savvy at Gjirokaster, then steep yourself in history at Zekate House, and then admire the landmark architecture of Skenduli House.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Gjirokaster online vacation planner.

Drive from Berat to Gjirokaster in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Berat to Gjirokaster is 1 hour. Traveling from Berat in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Gjirokaster, with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Shkoder.

Things to do in Gjirokaster

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:

Shkoder, Albania

— 2 nights
Its geographic location has made Shkoder, one of Europe's oldest cities, an important cultural and economic center of the Balkans over the years.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): examine the collection at Marubi National Museum of Photography, then take an in-depth tour of Site of Witness and Memory, then view the masterpieces at Venice Art Mask Factory, and finally step into the grandiose world of Rozafa Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then explore the activities along Shkodra Lake, and then admire the striking features of Former Palace of King Nikola I.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Shkoder online travel planner.

Getting from Gjirokaster to Shkoder by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Gjirokaster to Shkoder. Traveling from Gjirokaster in October, plan for little chillier nights in Shkoder, with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Zlatibor.

Things to do in Shkoder

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Zlatibor, Serbia

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Transfiguration Church, admire the sheer force of Gostilje Waterfall, then explore the fascinating underground world of Stopica Cave, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Zlatibor road trip site.

You can drive from Shkoder to Zlatibor in 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nis.

Things to do in Zlatibor

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:

Nis, Serbia

— 1 night
Niš is the third largest city in Serbia and the administrative center of the Nišava District in southern Serbia. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): make a trip to The Monument of Stevan Sremac and Kalca, relax and rejuvenate at Massage center ZEN, steep yourself in history at Nis Fortress, contemplate the long history of Christogram Monument, then pause for some serene contemplation at Hram Svetog Pantelejmona, and finally delve into the distant past at Skull Tower.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nis trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Zlatibor to Nis in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Novi Sad.

Things to do in Nis

Historic Sites · Spas
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:

Novi Sad, Serbia

— 4 nights

Serbian Athens

The regional and cultural center of northern Serbia, the riverside city of Novi Sad occupies a strategically advantageous position between Belgrade and Budapest.
Family-friendly places like The Name of Mary Church and Dunavska Street will thrill your kids. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Krusedol Monastery and The Synagogue. Venture out of the city with trips to Subotica (City Hall (Gradska kuca), Sinagoga, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Orthodox Cathedral of St Nicholas, expand your understanding of the military at Petrovaradin Fortress, contemplate the long history of Fruska Gora Monasteries, and walk around Danube Park.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Novi Sad travel planner.

Traveling by car from Nis to Novi Sad takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Novi Sad can reach 64°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to take a shuttle to Belgrade.

Things to do in Novi Sad

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 4:

Belgrade, Serbia

— 6 nights
The capital and largest city of Serbia, cosmopolitan Belgrade sits on the confluence of the Sava and the Danube rivers.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Oplenac and Kalemegdan. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Ethnographic Museum and Residence of Princess Ljubica (Konak Kneginje Ljubice. Go for a jaunt from Belgrade to Smederevo to see Smederevo Fortress about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Illusions, explore the activities along Sava, visit Skadarlija, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Belgrade itinerary planner.

Getting from Novi Sad to Belgrade by shuttle takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Belgrade are 54°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Belgrade

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 10:

Albania travel guide

3.9
National Parks · Landmarks · Castles
Land of the Eagles
With its young bustling metropolis, networks of cobblestone pedestrianized streets, coastal beach towns, and cities of ancient ruins, Albania will continuously surprise you. As you reach each new major town and discover how completely different it is from the last, your appreciation will deepen for this tucked-away land steeped in history. Travel, eating, and accommodation here is very inexpensive, freeing you from budget concerns and allowing you to travel in the style that you want. Meanwhile, you may find yourself going days without spotting another tourist. While this means that many things will not be customized for visitors (non-English menus, sparse accommodation, and fewer international transportation options), you'll experience the feel of authentic Albania.

Serbia travel guide

4.3
Historic Sites · Room Escape Games · Churches
A country of wild landscapes and wilder nights, Serbia is renowned for its diversity and hospitality. It's a land of rich history with an abundance of monuments dating back to prehistory, ancient times, and the Middle Ages. Some of the country's most famous attractions are the medieval monasteries, many of which are still active and open to visitors. Major cities like Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Niš, are bustling hubs where you can immerse yourself in the arts, cafe culture, and all-night partying. Take a trip into the countryside crisscrossed with rivers and explore the lush plains, untouched forests, clear lakes, and rugged mountains. Welcoming villages offer an abundance of hospitality, and numerous spa resorts give you the opportunity to relax and rejuvenate in a tranquil atmosphere. Serbian cuisine is very diverse, so whichever region you visit, make sure to try some of the local specialties.